Monday, November 18, 2013

MIRROR...MIRROR IN THE BOOK...WHO DO I SEE WHEN I TAKE A LOOK?

 Greetings and Salutations O Ye Mirror Gazers...what do you see?

Carly Simon sang a song called YOU'RE SO VAIN.  There was...and still is... all kinds of speculation about who she was singing about.  The suspects ranged from Mick Jagger to Warren Beatty.  Part of the song mentions this VAIN person...looking in the mirror as he walked by and as he was gavotting.

"You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot You had one eye on the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner They'd be your partner, and..."

The MIRROR can either be an implement to cater to our VANITY...or used as a REFLECTION of who we are.

In the book of James...we see this thing called a mirror is "the perfect law that gives freedom..." (James 1:23-25)



"For if any one only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a MIRROR." (James 1:23)

In folk lore and horror movies... the MIRROR is used to identify vampires and to repel zombies. The vampires cannot see his/her reflection in the MIRROR and the zombie (the walking dead) would be repelled from attacking people if they saw their reflection, thus mirrors were hung on the doors to keep them away.

NOTE:  Years ago I wrote a series of Ramblings called THE CHRISTIAN VAMPIRES AND ZOMBIES... about the old nature and flesh that tries to rise again (after being crucified with Him on the cross)...and tries to recapture who we were before Christ.  One of my favorite movies is called THE LAST MAN ON EARTH starring Vincent Price.  He utilizes MIRRORS as one of his weapons against them.  I cover this in the series.  You can go to the Ruminator Ramblings page and in the upper left hand corner you can search by typing in vampire or zombie and it will pull up the series.

As you look into the WORD MIRROR...I believe you will see TWO REFLECTIONS.  One reflection will show us who we are WITHOUT CHRIST...while the other one will reflect WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST...and WHO HE IS IN US

If we don't CONTINUE to see what we see in the reflection...we will FORGET who we are...but more importantly...we forget WHO HE IS.

If the ten spies...who were sent out with Joshua and Caleb had a MIRROR,they would be looking and seeing themselves as  GRASSHOPPERS.  How they SAW themselves...were how the GIANTS (enemies) of the Promised Land saw them...and in turn prevented them from entering into the land.  Joshua and Caleb...had the MIRROR OF THE LORD and saw themselves TAKING THE LAND (See Numbers 13:1-33)  One view produced FEAR...and one view produced FAITH.

The James MIRROR PASSAGE is in the context of people who were encourage to be DOERS of the Word...and not just HEARERS who delude themselves. (James 1:22)  Then James compares the HEARERS ONLY and the HEARERS AND DOERS...that is "like a man who LOOKS at his natural face in a mirror." (James 1:23)  The HEARER ONLY...looks at himself and goes away...IMMEDIATELY FORGETS what kind of person he was." (James 1:24)  The one who LOOKS INTENTLY at the PERFECT LAW (the law of love...the law of liberty...the Word) and not only LOOKS at it...but ABIDES by it (a doer of the Word) becomes an EFFECTUAL DOER versus a HEARING ONLY NON-DOER.  The cause and effect..."this man will be BLESSED IN WHAT HE DOES." (James 1:25)

As we look into THE MIRROR OF THE WORD OF GOD...and as we SPEAK what we see in the MIRROR OF THE WORD OF GOD...and as we DO what we SEE in THE MIRROR OF THE WORD OF GOD. 

What you SEE in the WORD is a REFLECTION of what you SEE in your LIFE.  We must RESTRAIN our MINDS with the MIRROR OF THE WORD OF GOD.

FINAL THOUGHTS...FINALLY
"Unrestrained THOUGHTS (what we think) produces unrestrained WORDS (what we say) resulting in unrestrained ACTIONS (what we do)." (Unknown)

Love and Reflective Kisses
Rodney "Hearing and Doing" Boyd
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